Any sort of change can make people feel stressed, even good change. It's not just the change or event itself, but also how people react to it that matters.
Other things that may be stressful include being laid off from a job, a child leaving or returning home, the death of a spouse, divorce or marriage, an illness, an injury, a job promotion, money problems, moving, or having a baby.
Stress can cause health problems or make health problems worse.Early warning signs of stress include tension in shoulders and neck, or clenching hands into fists.
The next step is to choose a way to deal with your stress. One way is to avoid the event or thing that leads to the stress--but often this is not possible. A second way is to change how to react to stress.
Exercise is a good way to deal with stress because it's a healthy way to relieve pent-up energy and tension. Exercise is known to release feel-good brain chemicals. It also helps people to get into better shape, which makes them feel better overall.
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About Abraham Tekola, MD
Dr. Abrham Tekola practices family medicine in Carmichael, California.